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Akbar: No room for negligence, mistake

Litia Cava
Wednesday, March 07, 2018

THERE is no room for negligence and mistakes in the nursing profession says Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar.

She stressed this while addressing 244 nursing interns during the Nursing Intern Induction Program at the Studio 6 Apartments in Suva yesterday.

Ms Akbar said it was imperative for nurses to be always attentive with their work.

"Sometimes the expectations outside is so high that you sit and think 'what these people think of us' — we are human beings after all," Ms Akbar said.

"But remember, in your profession there is no room for negligence, there is no room for mistakes because your mistake can be very costly."

Ms Akbar also confirmed that the Health Ministry had not terminated any Fijian nurse because of negligence.

She said a disciplinary process was in place to ensure that any such case was dealt with accordingly.

The minister also revealed that with the 3300 nursing population, the nurse to patient ratio in Fiji stands at 40 nurses per 10,000 population.

"We expect to get another 1350 nurses to the ministry in the next five years."

Ms Akbar also advised the new interns to be mindful of their actions as the ministry was now receiving feedback from members of the public through the ministry's Helpline.

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